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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-26-2008, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Custom made Inflow and Outflow pipes(Acrylic)?

Hi,

since fishman not taking new order, I am going to give a try to make inflow and outflow for my 10 gal.
Looking for help in process, tip and trick anyone have to make it.

Thanks,


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I don't know what your aquarium looks like, but if you have a black background get the black PVC pipe for the intake. It will disappear against the background and stay hidden even if it grows algae. Clear PVC or Acrylic both are visible against a background and look messy when stuff grows on them.

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The "Acrylic filter pipes" link in my signature will lead you to some extensive discussions.


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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-28-2008, 02:30 AM
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id like to find some acrylic pipe around here but no luck..

i read your gas hose pipes and was thinking the same thing last week in ace hardware while looking for pipe. i think il give this a try this weekend.
could also use a hair dryer if careful not to get it to hot.
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Order it from Tap Plastics. Hair dryer is probably not hot enough, not sure though, worth a shot.


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Order it from Tap Plastics. Hair dryer is probably not hot enough, not sure though, worth a shot.
You're right. A hairdryer isn't hot enough.
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I got the acrylic tubes from Tap plastics 13mm and I could insert the pipes right into my xp3 tubing. I had to use my gas stove to heat up and bend the pipes. I used some extra silicone tubing, rolled it into a spiral and slid it into the acrylic while heating it up so the bends wouldnt collapse. The trick to bending is go slowly, and keep the tube moving over the heat source or it will burn. I tried to flute the pipe but the acrylic didnt like to stretch and stay put. So the tip of the outflow pipe is just a bit wider. I'll try to post some pictures but there aleady in my tank, acumulating algae and starting to look ugly.
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